You Might Get Sued If…

You Might Get Sued If…

Did you save 15% or more in 15 minutes? Are you in good hands? Do you have good neighbors? Is somebody on your side? Has your insurance company seen almost everything? Are you under the umbrella? Did you name your own price? Or is someone protecting your dreams? You just might get sued… and here’s why: True Stories of Body Shop Horror Joe’s brand new Lexus gets hit from behind by Bill, and Joe ends up claiming the damage via Bill’s insurance. Bill’s “lizard insurance” sends an adjuster who writes an initial estimate to repair Joe’s bumper. (One can clearly see that the bumper is beyond repair and requires replacement – but the adjuster writes for repair because there is no sales tax on labor, saving his company MILLIONS every year.) Joe brings his car to a reputable body shop, and once the bumper cover is removed, it becomes clear that one of Joe’s frame rails (key safety component) has been compromised, and also requires replacement. Those “gecko good ol’ boys” agree, and approve the purchase. The body shop orders all new factory parts to provide the proper repair for Joe’s vehicle and expedites the repair process. Whoa! The new estimate from the “rip-off reptiles” is full of cheap aftermarket parts… and because their company has lost over 80% of their profits recently, the most effective way to make up their losses is to purchase cheap parts and increase your premiums.  Now there’s a significant gap between the cost of the RIGHT PARTS (which are already on the car) and the only amount the insurance company is willing to pay. What...
Open Letter to Congress

Open Letter to Congress

Your Money or Your Life Dear Members of the United States Congress, I am writing this open letter to express my strong opposition to H.R. 1879 and S. 812, Promoting Automotive Repair Trade and Sales Act of 2017, also known as the PARTS Act. I am especially disappointed in U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and lead sponsors U.S. Representatives Darrell Issa (R-CA), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), with original cosponsors Reps. Blake Farentold (R-TX), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Scott Perry (R-PA) and Jim Langevin (D-RI) who have put their names in support of this bill. I am the current very proud owner of Nylund’s Collision Center located in Englewood, Colorado. I oppose the Parts Act for the following reasons: A. The language of the PARTS Act completely ignores the value of established patent law, specifically as it relates to the investment in design, manufacture and especially safety testing of vehicles that are built as an entire unit to work seamlessly with all other parts of the same vehicle. B. The language of the PARTS Act suggests that it is against, or ignorant of the safety of the consumer who would – in an effort to save money – purchase parts that may appear to be “similar or the same in appearance to the component part”. Failure of an imitation part that appears to be the same after an accident could put the lives of the vehicle’s occupants at risk. Appearing similar or same in appearance is not the same as being the same. Aftermarket component parts are not subject to the same crashworthiness tests as OEM parts Aftermarket component parts...
Was I Lied To About Industry Standard?

Was I Lied To About Industry Standard?

Consumer Alert: Two words have become the weapons of choice in the battle of right vs. wrong in the collision repair business. By design, these two words sound so innocuous that they presume acceptance without consumer’s knowledge that by doing so, they have loaded the gun that is pointed directly at themselves. The two words are: Industry Standard.

Consumer Alert Part IV Aftermarket Parts

Consumer Alert Part IV Aftermarket Parts

Today we offer our final response to an irresponsible article posted by another Denver-area auto body shop.  Click Here for our FIRST , SECOND, and THIRD responses.  And Click Here to read the original article we are responding to in it’s entirety.  The title of the original article is: “4 Ways Aftermarket Parts are Just as Good as OEM.” The title of today’s Nylund’s Response is: Say What?!? The original article states: Excellent Warranty Parts manufacturers want their products to flawlessly work on every intended application. A warranty placed on the parts protects against improper fitment or function for months after technicians install the replacement components on the vehicle. Drivers can bring their vehicle back to the shop to report any issues with the way the parts work. At that point, technicians can perform quick repairs or send the parts back in for replacement to rectify the problem. Although outright failure rarely happens, clients and technicians alike appreciate this commitment to excellent from aftermarket parts suppliers. Are we still talking about AFTERMARKET parts?  There’s only one way to guarantee that parts work flawlessly on every intended application.  And that is to use the parts that were DESIGNED FLAWLESSLY to work flawlessly.  Any change to the design (which is the very definition of reverse-engineered and made-differently aftermarket parts) immediately discounts a part’s ability to work “flawlessly”. Warrantees do not protect against improper “fitment” (is that a word?) or function. Warrantees pay when cheap, ill-fitting and poorly crafted parts fail. Suggesting that any part is “better” because the manufacturer backs it with a warrantee is like saying “take our word for it… if it...
Consumer Alert Part III Aftermarket Parts

Consumer Alert Part III Aftermarket Parts

Today we offer part three of our response to an irresponsible article posted by another Denver-area auto body shop.  Click Here for our FIRST and SECOND responses.  And Click Here to read the original article we are responding to in it’s entirety.  The title of the original article is: “4 Ways Aftermarket Parts are Just as Good as OEM.” The title of today’s Nylund’s Response is: Facts Don’t Lie The original article states: Here are the main characteristics that make aftermarket parts just as good, or better, than OEM. Optimized Design Automakers frequently have to issue recalls to handle widespread issues regarding parts originally installed on their vehicles. When this happens, new parts may be created to circumvent the defect causing issues for vehicle owners. Aftermarket parts suppliers will work the optimized design into their products to avoid the issues that cropped up immediately after the original release of the vehicle. Therefore, by the time a vehicle needs collision or vandalism repairs, the aftermarket parts feature the upgraded design that lacks flaws found in the original components. Fact: Given the number of parts of on a vehicle, original manufacturer’s recalls aren’t really all that “frequent”. They do happen occasionally, and when they do – the manufacturers redesign, engineer and test the parts that are then replaced at no additional expense to the vehicle owners. Aftermarket manufacturers do not have access to this information. Fact: Aftermarket parts are ALWAYS reverse-engineered from the OEM parts.  They are, by their very definition, less than 100% accurate copies of OEM parts.  They cannot be 100% the same – that would violate patent laws. Fact: Aftermarket...
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